The REPUBLICAN NETWORK for UNITY (RNU) Belfast Chairperson, CARL REILLY has strongly criticised the use of a vulnerable teenager as a paid Informant by the RUC/PSNI in West Belfast.
“Once again the re-branded RUC has destroyed its carefully contrived façade of normal civil policing by manipulating a young person to become an Informer and spearhead a British dirty tricks campaign in an attempt to whip up anti-republican hysteria in Belfast.
Throughout the recent conflict the RUC and MI5 blackmailed scores of agents to undermine working-class communities and the Republican struggle. In this instance, Thomas Boyle has admitted the political Police demanded that he monitor and report the activities of named Belfast Republicans. He was also encouraged to plant explosives and a firearm at the behest of his handlers. Which begs the question just how many Republicans have been incarcerated as a result of ‘evidence’ planted?
This disturbing affair highlights the nefarious tactics used by Crown Forces to set up Irish Republicans for arrest, imprisonment or worse. These abuses perpetrated by the RUC/PSNI must be investigated by Human Rights Groups and Politicians.
Given the above revelations, the Republican Network for Unity ask the Nationalists and Republicans to re-examine their support for the re-branded RUC. As it is clear they are not capable of the changes many believed were possible.
RNU encourage anyone blackmailed or exploited by the RUC/PSNI or MI5 to contact a Priest, CRJ or us and seek help".